Troubled R&B star Chris Brown is counter-suing a sports fan for extortion, insisting he threatened to tell the police the singer started a fight unless he paid him off.
Brown, who is currently behind bars after pleading guilty to violating his probation by fighting with a 20 year old outside a Washington, D.C. hotel last year (13), claims Malcolm Ausbon wanted $250,000 (GBP156,000) to stay quiet about a basketball court scrap last summer (Jul13), which Brown insists he was not part of.
Ausbon previously sued Brown claiming the singer attacked him during a pick-up basketball game at a Los Angeles gym. In Brown's new counter-suit, which has been obtained by TMZ.com, the star's lawyer, Mark Geragos, claims Ausbon promised to keep the matter secret if Brown paid up. When he refused, the plaintiff filed suit.
Chris Brown will spend his 25th birthday behind bars after the Los Angeles judge who sentenced him to jail time almost two months ago ruled he must remain incarcerated for at least another week. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin jailed the R&B singer on 14 March (14), after Brown was dismissed from a rehab facility, violating the terms of his court-ordered anger-management treatment, related to his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The Kiss Kiss singer was back in court on Thursday (01May14) hoping to get the gift of freedom for his upcoming birthday on 5 May (14), but Judge Brandlin told him he would have to remain in jail for at least another week as he deals with ongoing legal woes. The lawmaker ruled Brown would remain incarcerated unless a resolution on the terms of his probation in the Rihanna case could be agreed between prosecutors and the star's attorney Mark Geragos before a scheduled hearing on 9 May (14).
The singer also faces a misdemeanour assault trial in Washington, D.C., relating to a fight outside a hotel last year (13). Brown's bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, has already been found guilty of assaulting 20-year-old Parker Adams, but the star's trial has been postponed until June (14).
Chris Brown's misdemeanour assault trial is facing a long delay after his bodyguard, a key witness for the defence, refused to testify unless he was granted immunity following his own conviction on Monday (21Apr14). Christopher Hollosy was found guilty of punching 20-year-old Parker Adams in the face during a bust-up outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13).
The security guard claims he was the only one to hit Adams, and insisted during his trial that he lashed out because the victim was attempting to gain access to his client's tour bus.
Brown's trial relating to his involvement in the alleged assault began immediately after Hollosy was found guilty, but his lawyers were granted a continuance and the case was postponed until Wednesday (23Apr14).
Proceedings have stalled again after prosecutors denied Hollosy's request for immunity over evidence he had been expected to give during Brown's trial, which the defence team had hoped would clear the star of any wrongdoing.
Hollosy's lawyers have now revealed they plan to challenge the bodyguard's conviction and will not participate in Brown's trial until the appeal process is complete. The singer's attorney, Mark Geragos, believes this could take at least six months.
Judge A. Franklin Burgess, Jr. set a date for a status hearing in Brown's case for 25 June (14) - the same day Hollosy is due to be sentenced - although a new trial date has yet to be determined.
Brown, who has denied the assault charge, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 (£625) fine if convicted. He could land a further four years behind bars if the ruling is deemed a violation of his probation following his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
Meanwhile, the incarcerated singer is waiting to hear if he will be allowed to walk free from jail - a California hearing regarding his release is due to take place on Wednesday afternoon.
Brown has been behind bars since he was dismissed from a rehab facility in California, where he was receiving court-ordered anger-management treatment, last month (Mar14).
Victoria Beckham has officially ruled herself out of any future Spice Girls reunions, insisting her appearance at the London Olympics was her last with the band. The Wannabe hitmakers, who first split in 2000, reunited for a world tour in 2007 and 2008 and teamed up once again for a special performance at the Olympic Games closing ceremony in 2012.
The Spice Girls are reportedly considering a deal to hit the road with the Backstreet Boys to mark their 20th anniversary in the U.K. later this year (14), and bandmate Melanie Chisholm recently revealed they might tour as a quartet because Beckham is no longer interested in returning to her pop roots alongside Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell.
Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, said, "We've talked about it (a reunion). Victoria doesn't want to, which we completely understand. We are so proud of her and her incredible foray into fashion; it's incredible what she's achieved as a designer. The four of us could consider it maybe. We have Victoria's blessing to do that."
And now Beckham has made it clear she will never perform as a member of the Spice Girls ever again. Making the declaration in a 40 Facts About Me survey for People magazine, she writes, "I appeared for the last time with the Spice Girls at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games."
Beckham previously admitted she had simply become too busy to juggle motherhood and her fashion career with another reunion tour after their 2008 trek left her exhausted.
A Washington, D.C. judge has rejected a motion to dismiss Chris Brown's assault charge, clearing the way for his trial to begin as scheduled next week (begs14Apr14). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker's lawyer, Mark Geragos, was in court on Monday (07Apr14) and argued that prosecutors had abused the grand jury process in preparations for the upcoming trial, which relates to a fight involving the singer and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy outside a hotel in October (13).
However, Judge Patricia Wynn dismissed Geragos' claims of misconduct, and now Brown will have to stand trial for the misdemeanour as scheduled on 17 April (14).
Brown, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, was not in attendance for Monday's hearing - he is still en route from a Los Angeles jail to the U.S. capital after being placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals last Wednesday (02Apr14). The long journey involves multiple stops across the country as the U.S. Marshals pick up other prisoners along the way.
Brown was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his 2009 probation from his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna by getting kicked out of a Malibu, California rehabilitation centre, where he had been seeking court-ordered anger management treatment.
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown has been placed under the custody of U.S. Marshals as he makes his way to Washington, D.C. in shackles onboard a plane. The singer was picked up from a Los Angeles jail and escorted to a holding facility in San Bernardino on Wednesday (02Apr14), prior to his long journey to the U.S. capital, where he is facing trial for misdemeanour assault relating to a fight outside a hotel in October (13).
Brown, who was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his probation in connection to a 2009 assault conviction, is expected to board a plane on Thursday (03Apr14), but it won't be a direct flight to Washington, D.C. - the flight has multiple stops planned, including one in Oklahoma, so the U.S. Marshals can pick up other prisoners along the way, according to TMZ.com. Website editors report the group will not actually arrive in D.C. until Sunday (06Apr14).
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, is due to appear before a D.C. judge on Monday (07Apr14) in a bid to have his client's charges dropped ahead of the trial start date on 17 April (14).
If the request is denied, Brown will have to remain in jail until his day in court.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker's problems began last month March (14) when he was asked to leave a Malibu rehabilitation centre, where he had been seeking court-ordered anger management treatment.
A Los Angeles judge is considering a request from Chris Brown's lawyer to let the singer walk free from jail in time for a court hearing in Washington, D.C. later this month (Apr14). Mark Geragos was in court on Tuesday (01Apr14) calling for time with his client before the assault trial, relating to a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel last year (13).
The lawyer told the court that he is outraged by the very suggestion that Brown could be shackled, hauled out of L.A. County Jail and sent directly to his hearing.
According to TMZ.com, Geragos argued that his client should be allowed to prepare for trial properly before flying back to Washington, D.C. as a free man on 17 April (14).
Brown has been behind bars since he violated probation last month (Mar14), after getting kicked out of a rehab facility in California.
Chris Brown's lawyer is hoping to save the singer more jail time by agreeing a civil settlement with the alleged victim in the star's assault case, according to a U.S. report. The embattled R&B star was jailed last week (ends16Mar14) for violating a court order to complete a stint in rehab and will remain behind bars until the end of April (14) when he is due to stand trial on an assault charge.
The case relates to an alleged fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. in November (13) and if found guilty, Brown could be sent to prison for up to four years because he will have violated probation stemming from an attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, has been in talks with the alleged victim's lawyer to negotiate a civil settlement and drop the criminal case against the 24-year-old singer, according to TMZ.com.
The website's editors allege a deal is close to being finalised.
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown's jail time has been extended to the end of April (14) in a bid to keep him out of trouble until his next court hearing. The 24-year-old singer was arrested and taken into custody on Friday (14Mar14) after he was asked to leave a Malibu, California rehab facility for reportedly violating the centre's rules.
As a result of his dismissal, lawmakers in California ruled he had violated a court order to complete a rehab stint.
The judge who sentenced Brown after he was arrested and charged with beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 initially ordered the singer to live in the Malibu, California rehab facility for 90 days in an effort to sort out his anger issues, but he extended the star's rehab stay earlier this month (Mar14), and instructed Brown to stay put until his ongoing assault case, relating to a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. in November (13), was over.
On Monday (17Mar14), Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin refused a request to allow Brown to complete rehab at another facility and set a probation violation hearing for 23 April (14).
Judge Brandlin also told the singer and his attorney Mark Geragos that he was concerned about remarks the star allegedly made while in rehab about the use of guns and knives, and ruled Brown should stay behind bars.
Chris Brown's lawyer has petitioned a judge to block a settlement payment to a woman who alleged the singer assaulted her during a night out in California last year (Jun13). Deanna Gines claimed she suffered torn ligaments in her right knee after the star pushed her to the ground at the Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim.
Police decided not to pursue the case, so Gines sued the singer and club owners over her alleged injuries.
Brown filed a countersuit, but the owners of the nightclub settled with Gines for $15,000 (£9,375).
However, the 24 year old's lawyer, Mark Geragos, is asking a judge to block the settlement because he feels it will unfairly affect their case and leave Brown solely responsible, according to TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, the Kiss Kiss hitmaker's on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran has filed a declaration stating Brown never came in contact with Gines.